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Boating Rules

Ohio boating laws are enforceable on all waters of the state including private waterways.

The Ohio Boat Operator's Guide (pdf) is a boater-friendly summary of Ohio boating laws and safety considerations.

HP limits and some very specific operating rules do exist at some lakes.

The safety equipment required to be carried on board your boat depends on how the boat is propelled, the length of the boat, who is on it, and sometimes the body of water where you are boating.